Look at many successful landscape architecture projects, and you often see a pleasing mixture of plants and statuary. Permanent materials such as stone or metal contrast attractively with the transient beauty of plant life. Utilize landscape architecture principals to design a garden pretty enough to be a park.
Pick a Centerpiece
Many formal gardens feature tableaus of manicured landscaping around a statue. The landscaping serves as a complement to the artwork, but the statue also acts as a foil to the plant life. To recreate such a tableau, select a large statue to place in the center of a mini-garden. Look for a quality piece that's big enough to be a focal point. The design you choose, whether whimsical or traditional, sets the tone for your mini-garden.
Highlight the Grass
Grass in landscape design creates a space to rest the eye. Give your garden pleasing proportions by highlighting patches of grass. Decoist suggests creating a low border with stones or bricks and short plants around a grass patch. A statue can sit at the center of the lawn or at the edge. Either way, the green draws the eye as a frame for your statue.
The statues you choose are probably fairly uniform in color. Therefore, colors both draw attention to the statue and pop against the material. As you're planning your garden, think about which colors will contrast with the greenery and the hue of the statue. Plan to cluster blooms or colored plants such as hosta around the piece. Select plants significantly shorter than the statue, though, so they don't compete with the artwork.
Just like with color, statues present a singular surface, usually smooth. Therefore a contrast in textures provides an attractive complement to your artwork. This design principal can be used in conjunction with mixing colors. For instance, instead of choosing big, smooth flowers like tulips to go around your piece, consider small clusters of blooms. For instance, the prickly lantana can be pruned into small mounds of colorful clusters. Another option is to include plants with variegated leaves such as coleus in your design.
Stone and wood are traditional borders in gardens, and it's possible to utilize these materials in your landscape design. If you opt for stone, be careful that it complements a stone statue, if that's your centerpiece. Wood makes the overall design feel more rustic, so this may not be appropriate for a formal garden. Another option is a low concrete wall or planter. Mix in your colored and textured plants so the wall further highlights your statue.
Using statuary in your landscaping gives your space a charmingly old-fashioned feel. Utilize landscape architecture principles such as mixing color and texture to best design an attractive garden around your statue.Share
17 June 2015
Landscaping can be a lot of fun, you can beautify your property and can actually increase the value of your home. Unfortunately, landscaping a lawn that has never been touched by a landscaper before can be difficult. You have to use the right kind of plants for the environment, know what to look for to address water control and what to do to make the design as easy to manage as possible. I have worked with my landscaper for several years to create a beautiful garden-like setting around my home. To find out what you need to know to accomplish the perfectly landscaped property you want read on.